NEW CHIEF EXECUTIVE TO LEAD PLYMOUTH’S ARTS AND CULTURE GROWTH
Hannah Harris has been appointed as the new Chief Executive of Plymouth Culture, Plymouth’s Arts and Culture Development Agency.
Hannah joins Plymouth Culture from her role as Director of Development at Plymouth College of Art. In this role she initiated numerous partnership projects, both nationally and internationally, focusing on arts education, talent development and business start-ups within the creative industries. Having worked in the city for over ten years, Hannah has initiated a number of cross city partnership projects and has already made a significant contribution to the development of arts and culture. Hannah has a background in business development and cultural management and has worked in the community, public and private sectors.
Hannah says: “I am delighted to be taking up the role of CEO of Plymouth Culture and welcome the challenge and opportunity it presents. Plymouth is an incredible city, with hidden depths, and it is important that it receives the recognition it deserves. I want to ensure that Plymouth Culture continues to be an organisation that helps build a robust infrastructure in which artists, communities and creative businesses thrive, as we build our reputation as an international city of culture.”
Professor David Coslett, Chair of Plymouth Culture, welcomed Hannah’s appointment. “Plymouth Culture has played a key role in enabling the city to develop an ambitious agenda for culture. It is now a major part of the city’s growth strategy, drawing in significant investment and providing transformative cultural opportunities for communities. Culture is also a central feature of the city’s visitor economy. I know Hannah will ensure we remain a confident, forward looking city as we set the stage for the next ten years of culture strategy.
Professor Coslett paid tribute to Plymouth Culture’s outgoing Director, Dom Jinks, who was pivotal in drawing in Arts Council investment into a number of Plymouth arts organisations and was a prominent figure in shaping Plymouth’s 2020 year of Mayflower celebrations. “We are fortunate to have so many individuals, organisations and institutions backing the city council’s commitment to a culturally inclusive city, working to benefit all of its communities.”
Listen to an interview with Hannah Harris, the new Chief Executive of Plymouth Culture, on BBC Radio Devon (interview starts at 2:21)